Hot, sweet, juicy figs, salty parma ham and creamy goats cheese all wrapped into one is my Christmas come early! I’ve been in love with these canopes since my pops first made a version of them 5 years ago. He’s that type of chef that looks into the fridge, pulls out ingredients you never thought a dish could be made out of, and ends up creating a masterpiece. (He is French though so maybe that’s where it comes from.) They were put on the table before a huge Sunday roast to get the taste buds going and keep people quiet which that they did! They are super simple to make (an easy job to get the men on!) and only take a quick 5 minutes on the grill to soften up and turn into the delicious bombshell that they are. For me they’re the perfect healthy canapÃ© which is also a little indulgent!
Last night was my mum’s final evening in Dubai before heading back to the UK and being a real tapas fan, we visited a lovely Spanish spot called El Sur. At those kind of restaurants I’m much more interested in trying lots of small different plates rather than a main course and that’s what inspired me to make these figs today. They work brilliantly as canopes but also if you’re laying out a delicious spread for the evening, they complement other salads and dishes really well.
If the sun has come early, try doing them on the BBQ for a great smokey flavour! I know goats cheese isn’t to everyones taste (for reasons unbeknown to me) but if you fall into that category then mozzarella or halloumi cheese would also make a yummy filling.
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!